A Handmade Holiday 2013 — Mustache Dog Bed


If you’re a pet lover, your dog or cat is a not really a pet, but a member of the family. In our house, our pup gets his own stocking with a handful of exciting pup toys and treats to keep him occupied throughout the holidays. We spoil him quite a bit, but he was our first baby and it’s hard to resist his adorable puppy eyes. I know that many of you feel the same about your own fur babies, so this next project is for you! Erin Erickson, the skilled designer behind popular blog Dog Under My Desk, has created an easy dog bed tutorial that will keep your pup happy the whole year round. The added bonus? It features a mustache appliqué;).



Mustache Dog Bed
Make this cute envelope style dog bed for the pet in your life. This easy to make dog bed has a machine appliquéd mustache. The appliqué can be skipped if you prefer a plain bed.

Materials List
— 1-1/4 yards for small or 1-3/4” for medium of Main fabric – 58/60” wide fleece or minky
— 1/4 yard or 1 fat quarter Contrast fabric for applique
Pellon® 20“ x 30” Small or 27” x 36” Medium Pet Bed Inserts
— 1/2 yard Pellon® 805 Wonder-Under®
— 1/2 yard Pellon® 841 Stick-N-Tear™
— Ballpoint or Universal Needle
— Thread

Tools List
— Sewing machine and related supplies
— Rotary cutter and related supplies
— Marking tools



For a free downloadable pdf of this pattern, visit the project page here. We’d love to see what you make, so be sure to post a photo on our Facebook page OR share with our ‘Made with Pellon®‘ flickr group!

[an alternate version with different fabrics and no appliqué — just as cute and the pups still love it!!}


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ErinEricksonWhen Erin started writing PDF sewing patterns, the name Dog Under My Desk just seemed appropriate. Her Yorkies really do sleep under her desk all day (and night) while she designs, endlessly prototypes, and photographs her bag patterns.

She’s a geek, which translates well into the sewing world. She likes the technical side of sewing – accurate seams, math, figuring out construction, taking thousands of pictures while creating PDF patterns and tutorials. All of those pictures and obsessively detailed
instructions help to make your project a success, whether you are still learning how to sew or have years of experience. And she promises, zippers are not scary!

If you’re looking for more great project ideas, head on over to Erin’s shop to grab one of her fab patterns! You can also check out her free tutorials — she’s got a slew of fun projects for your pup!

Find Erin online:

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6 thoughts on “A Handmade Holiday 2013 — Mustache Dog Bed

  1. Ellen B. says:

    I saw this on Craft Gossip and was wondering if it would work on an XXL bed for my greyhounds? It would be much easier and cheaper than putting in a zipper. Hold on, DUH! I have done this with one of our beds in jeans material and I kind of quilted it by adding material from an old blanket to the back of the jeans material and machine stitched in stripes. Not proper quilting but something like it. It wore out a few years ago. I just followed the instructions from an envelope pillow I made along with a bed spread a good 10 years ago. Thanks for jogging my memory!

    • erin @ pellon says:

      Hi Ellen — Glad to have helped! Also, you could try sewing 2 of our Med/Large Pet Bed inserts together along one long side. Measure the newly created bed and adjust your fabric measurements. You should them be able to follow Erin’s tutorial to create the pet bed. I have a large dog as well and I plan on following my own suggestion;). Happy Holidays! — Erin at Pellon

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